FAQs

What kind of talent do you work with?
We work with models and actors of all varieties, male and female, all ethnicities, from ages 5 on up. (We do not work with children under the age of 5).

Are you an acting or modeling school?
No. We do not offer or require classes of any kind, we do not charge for courses and we have no tuition.

Do you charge a fee to represent me?
We do not charge either annual fee or a sign-up fee to work with us. We receive our compensation only if you find work. Our interests are the same as yours; we get paid only when you do.

Can I use my own pictures?
For your initial application to Helen Wells Agency we prefer simple photos of you, as you are now. We actually prefer non-professional shots for the submission process. Once signed with us, all our talent must maintain current, professional photos. A couple simple pictures in front of a clean white wall will do. (No selfies: have someone else take the picture.) This is explained in detail in the application process.

Once signed, our new talent are required to select from a list of preferred photographers. These are professionals who have proven their work with us and know exactly what we are after in a first portfolio. They are expert at helping you look your best and presenting you to our customers. Using our preferred photographers for your initial portfolio assures that your images are top quality and consistent with what the market is looking for.

For followups and updates after your initial portfolio you may use a photographer of your choosing. But we still highly stress that our preferred photographers give you more certainty of getting images that conform to what HWA needs to book you. 

If signed, how do I keep you updated with my work?
Our website gives you a key role in presenting your online profile and keeping your information up-to-date. Your personal gallery on our website features images of you, but can also include a resume of your work, samplings of your on-camera work or demos (if applicable), etc. We expect you to provide us with new materials that we review for inclusion on your individual gallery page. You need to keep us up-to-date with your address, phone, email, account information, etc., so that we can work with you as efficiently as possible.

How do I sign up to be represented by you?
The submission page (“Be Discovered”) on our website is the main source for us to find new talent. Our staff is also scouting for talent and sometimes invites individuals with potential to submit photos and apply.

What kinds of actors and models are you looking for?
We are looking for all kinds of people to work in print ads, videos, movies, commercials, etc. In very general terms, we are looking for:

  • Men, women, teens and pre-adolescents who are photogenic
  • Actors who are comfortable working in a variety of situations in a fast-paced environment
  • A professional attitude with talent who “get” that they are booked to provide a service to a customer with a specific need to get a job done.
  • Lifestyle models: all shapes and sizes
  • Fashion models, Female: 5’8" - 5'11"
  • Fashion models, Male: 6'0" - 6'3"
  • Children ages 5-12 who fit standard size clothing


How do you select talent for bookings?

Our customers are producers and advertisers who rely on us to provide skilled talent. They sometimes come to us having already selected talent via our website, but we generally review our talent portfolio to suggest actors or models who fit the client's needs. This means you are auditioning all the time whether you know it or not. Based on the client's initial selection process, we may invite a group of our actors or models to a brief audition for a job, which is then submitted to our client for their final selection.